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Just My Rotten Luck

(Middle School #7)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,652 ratings  ·  199 reviews
TOUCHDOWN! James Patterson will have kids busting out laughing as they follow lovable bad-boy Rafe's struggles to score big on the field--and in the social scene!

In this seventh Middle School episode, Rafe heads back to the place his misadventures began: the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, where he's now being forced to take "special" classes.. He also finds himse
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 22nd 2015 by Little, Brown and Company
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Billy Newman
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book had a mix of comedy, action, and even love. This book was really good because there is a boy who goes through bullying and other things and he ends up getting over it. He gets over it by expressing himself with art. The boy, Rafe creates a secret organization called S.A.M, it stands for secret artist man. What he does is makes drawings based on other artists and sticks them all over his school. He does this very early in the morning or late at night. Will he get caught or will he keep ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 "Laugh out loud funny middle school adventures" Stars!

I read this because my 12 year old son had to do a book project, (vague much?) and had no idea where to start. So I read the book to see if I could help him out. I actually really enjoyed this book. The main character, Rafe Katchadorian is a fantastic kid. Completely misunderstood and underappreciated by most of the people in his life. (Not his mom, she's great) He's trying to find his place in the world. I completely loved him.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ok what I think is that this is a good book because you can learn something from how he helps and learns something from his consequences because he doesn't know when he does something wrong. Love this book good job on how understandable the sentences are because sometimes I notice things like that but ya as I was saying good job Author I am definitely positively going to read.
Katie W
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was just like we've come to expect from this series--funny--but there are some added elements that the others don't have. Rafe finally seems to be fitting in at middle school. He's found a way to deal with Miller the Killer and he's even found love. This was an enjoyable read for me and the kids (read aloud) and as always, we're looking forward to more.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the best of the Middle School series so far. In this installment, Rafe rejoins his old middle school, but this time as a Special Education student with an IEP--something that disheartens Rafe before school even starts. I love that this happens to our hero--kids have loved him throughout the series, and now they get to see him in a new way. Sure, Rafe has an IEP and attends Learning Skills class...but he also ends up a star on the flag football team, shows off his mad art skills, and stre ...more
Chris Lind
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this book it is about a kid that is a loser that does not have any friends beside one kid. He joins a football team so he does not want to get bullied. If you want a book that is funny and is entertaining this a great book for you. The relationship of this book is to have fun of what you are doing and never give up. The conflict of this book is that he does not want to get bullied so he joins the football team. If he leaves the team he will get bullied again. The most theme of the book is to ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok, I'm done. All Rafe all the time is getting so old. Good lessons here, too, that we get hit over the head with. But even though Rafe is having a pretty good fall, he's still whining and panicking all the time. Such a drama 'king.'

I know it's better than Wimpy Kid. And I know that anything that gets kids to read has merit. I just think they deserve better, and I hope they read more after this.
I don't like the part when Rafe gets his butt kicked all the time. I like the part when Rafe gets to play football. I don't like the part when Mrs. Stricker and Mrs, Stonecase don't like Rafe. I don't like the part when he gets put into a special ed class. I don't like the part when they can't talk the principal out of it. I like the part when Rafe finds a dollar on the ground. I like that Rafe's mom knows the special ed teacher. I don't like that Rafe has to be in a individual education program ...more
Evan V
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very awesome book I really recomond it. This book will fit everybody in my mind. It is about a kid Rafe Katchadorin. He is a kid in middle school. The kid makes a deal with the kid at hos school who is giving him a hard time. Rafe makes a deal with him if he joins the HVMS football team he has to leave him alone. He is pretty good at it too.
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Millie Hodgson
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was better than the other book of middle school I read.
Laura Krooswyk
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one was really good! It also addressed bullying in a positive manner!
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jameson J
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the start of this book Rafe was talking about how his mom was talking to Mrs. Stricker and he overheard her saying how he was "special" and he couldn't go to high school, yup, he had to stay at middle school as a "special kid" when he wasn't at all. So he couldn't enjoy the last days of summer. The setting took place outside the school, and Miller found out Rafe was trying out for the football team and Rafe must feel worried that he knew. So Rafe escaped and ran through the school to get away ...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Had to give this two stars because of the negative portrayal of special education.

Rafe is back at Hills Village Middle School after completing a summer program and meeting with the two nasty sisters who are principal of the building. He is allowed back on one condition-- that he is in a special ed class. His mother agrees, glad that Rafe will get extra help, but Rafe is sure that other students will make fun of him. He makes enough fun of himself, certainly, but learns to appreciate
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jacob Hartman
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just my rotten Luck by James Patterson.
I like this book because Rafe tells how he is in a learning skills class and how he tries to not let anyone knows that he is in there.The main setting of the book is in Hills Village the town and middle school.The main charters are Rafe his sister his mom and grandma and his teacher Mr Fanucci his teacher.The main conflict was trying to keep being in the learning skills and playing football with the bully miller the killer,And miller the killer tries
Annalise Bowman
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Middle School Just My Rotten Luck is about a boy named Rafe and the challenges he has to deal with while he is in middle school. In the previous books Rafe is sent to an art school, which he loves. But, his old school decides to take him back so he can join the school work help club. Rafe also has to deal with the bully, Miller who pressures him into joining the flag football team.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction. I am giving this book four stars because I like
Kassie Martindale
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book middle school just my rotten luck reminded me of Diary of wimpy kid because it is two boys having a hard time In middle school so if you like diary of wimpy kids you will like,this book. I gave it two stars because it was not my favorite but you mite like this book this there are a lot of these books but this one is #7 MIDDLE SCHOOL JUST MY ROTTEN LUCK!
Matthew W
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
1 star= it melted my brain
2 stars= it turned my brain into guacamole
3 stars= it is safe to read
4 stars= if this book was candy I would eat it and ask for seconds
5 stars= this book is my only friend
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I think that this really represents the average life of a middle schooler. The Setting is very accurate. I've always liked James Patterson's somewhat realistic view of middle school of being not like all of the tv shows and making it seem dark with some bright spots of fun. The book is about a kid named Raff and he has a hard time during middle school. I think it's a little slow in the beginning but the book really gets good once Raff is forced into the Football team. Just like being in middle a ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
Rafe Khatchadorian returns to Hills Village Middle School under the steely gaze of principal, Mrs Stricker, and her sister, Mrs Stonecase, the vice-principal. Both women have warned Rafe that this time they expect him to behave - or else...

Actually, Rafe isn’t a bad kid. He just seems to attract trouble. Like the school bully, Miller the Killer, who has made Rafe his special target. To help him keep up with his studies, Rafe now has to attend some lessons with the Special Ed. group w
Matt Vandermeer
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Chloe Jorgensen
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is about a boy named Rafe Khatchadorian. He feels like an outsider compared to everyone else at his school because he is in a class for people who have learning disabilities or learn at a slower pace. He starts writing comics that he posts online and at school anonymously. I like how the author created conflicts in the book that could happen in our day to day life. For example, one of the conflicts is about a kid who is bullying Rafe. In addition, I like how the author forms characteri ...more
Lizzy F
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This week I read the book “Middle School, Just My Rotten Luck.” One example of conflict is this scene. “But just when I was ready for a clean getaway, Miller pushed back his chair. Then he planted himself between me and the door like a big steaming pile of NOPE.” This is an example of character vs character conflict, between Rafe and Miller. Another representation of character vs character conflict is, “‘If your on the team, we've got no problem,’ Miller said. In other words, I either played foo ...more
Matt Walker
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very interesting. The love interest shifts in a very drastic way. The pictures helped exemplify the imagery in the story. The book addresses multiple topics at once and intertwines them to play out and resolve themselves all at once. The setting in this story was very relatable for me. The story has multiple elements in it to leave you wondering whats next. The high school setting was nice and very comfortable for someone in high school or someone who just graduated. The personific ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-school
I recommend middle school: just my rotten luck because this story is not the same as the others (apart from getting in trouble). in this story Rafe gets sent to SPED ('special education') instead of detention. Also if you've read any of his other books, he is probably EXTREMELY untrustworthy, which I find wierd because in this book, he gets a dog and as we all know dogs need a lot of attention.
In this book, he makes a truce with Miller the killer not to bully his friends. Anyway, I'm sorry
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, fiction, adventures
I enjoyed this book because it taught me even if you are not popular you can still achieve your goals. In this book there is a kid who is bullied and one day when he was running the bully caught him and made a deal with him. The deal was if he joined football he would not bully him anymore. So he did and became very popular and achieved his goals. My favorite part of this book was when he stood up for his friends because that shows kindness and respect for others. I recommend this book to young ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is how it should be done. It’s funny with out being crass. It’s uplifting without being hokey. It’s wordy and picturey and all around enjoyable. Reading more of this series, and others.

Rafe negotiates a deal with his enemy to play football in exchange for not getting picked on. But he finds that when others are getting bullied instead, he can’t idly stand by. He uses his art skills and super speed moves to launch a school wide campaign that people just “BNICE” and it garners the attention
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